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Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 7:40am

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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Testosterone May Help Protect Men From Asthma

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:02pm

Women are more likely to have asthma than men. One possible reason? Testosterone could block a protein that helps spark an asthma attack, a study finds, while estrogen may not.

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Epidemic Of Health Care Waste: From $1,877 Ear Piercing To ICU Overuse

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:42pm

Unnecessary or needlessly expensive care costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Patients, employers and taxpayers are footing the bill.

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Parents Don't Have To Pay Debts Of Adult Children On Their Health Plans

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:31am

Even though the federal health law allows young adults to stay on their parents' plan through age 26, those children are generally responsible for their own bills.

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Puerto Rico's Medical Manufacturers Worry Federal Tax Plan Could Kill Storm Recovery

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:21pm

Drug companies and medical device makers in Puerto Rico are still struggling with power and staffing shortages. One device manufacturer says the future of his industry on the island is uncertain.

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In Ads, Tobacco Companies Admit They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:10pm

A federal judge ordered tobacco companies to pay for ads warning that their products are deadly and that they manipulated them to be addictive. But the form of the ads may be dulling their effect.

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Texans With HIV Cope With Homes And Medicines Ruined By Hurricane Harvey

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:07pm

The hurricane closed pharmacies and clinics for a week or longer. Floodwaters spoiled drugs. People who fled to other states couldn't get their prescriptions filled for HIV medicine.

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Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:02am

Lots of phone and tablet apps promise to improve sleep by filtering out the blue light from device screens. But that won't help if the reason you're not getting enough shut-eye is caffeine or stress.

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Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:02am

Light therapy can help treat depression that's part of seasonal affective disorder, but it hasn't worked so well for treating bipolar disorder. It may come down to when people are exposed to light.

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Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients' Opioid Addiction?

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:19am

Many surgeons prescribe strong pain medicine without knowing how much their patients actually need. A group of doctors says hospitals should be accountable for patients' long-term opioid use.

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The Insurance Company Paid For Opioids, But Not Cold Therapy

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 6:00am

It seemed like such a good idea: Use cold therapy to reduce the need for opioid painkillers after shoulder surgery. But this woman's insurance company said no dice.

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Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 5:00am

One way to deal with the surging opioid epidemic is to let doctors use telemedicine to remotely prescribe addiction treatment medication. The approach has promise and some drawbacks.

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Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 2:01pm

A comparison of brain tissue from monkeys, chimps and humans suggests that our brains produce the chemical messenger dopamine, which plays a major role in pleasure and rewards, far differently.

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Adult Siblings Can Make Our Lives Healthier And Happier

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 6:00am

Our sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and can help us weather the pains and challenges of adulthood, including illness and the death of parents.

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Questioning A Doctor's Prescription For A Sore Knee: 90 Percocets

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:09am

Following minor surgery, a Kaiser Health News columnist sees up close how easily doctors can prescribe opioid pain pills, and how such prescribing helps fuel the epidemic of opioid addiction.

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This Thanksgiving, Carve Out Time To Talk About End-Of-Life Wishes

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 6:00am

Turkey dinner with a side dish of death isn't everyone's idea of a festive meal. But end-of-life planning advocates say the holidays are an ideal time to have these conversations with family members.

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Asking About Opioids: A Treatment Plan Can Make All The Difference

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 4:57am

Is it worthwhile for doctors to screen all the patients who come through the door about their use of opioids? Usually not, but direct connections to treatment can change the equation.

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Health Care System Fails Many Transgender Americans

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 4:29pm

Nearly a third of transgender people responding to an NPR poll say they have no regular access to health care. Very few medical offices are prepared to care for people who have transitioned.

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'Here It Goes': Coming Out To Your Doctor In Rural America

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:04am

For LGBTQ Americans in rural areas, finding a sympathetic physician can be difficult. And that challenge makes getting appropriate health care even harder.

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Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 7:44pm

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than sham surgery in their randomized test.

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